Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Just a few days ago I traveled to the East Coast and as I packed my toiletries, I thought I would take a few pictures and share some of my essentials that I like to bring on the road. Some of you may be like me and enjoy seeing what’s inside others’ handbags and makeup bags – if so, here’s part 1!

{To protect}

Skincare copyUrban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray — Olay All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 — Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 34 — Mario Badescu A.H.A and Ceramid Moisturizer

I’m a big advocate for wearing SPF year round but realistically, wearing a separate sunscreen is too much work for everyday wear so I typically go for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF. My mom is the reason why I have started using a daytime eye cream, thanks for the gift! The main reason I use this is because it has higher SPF and I have particularly thin skin near my eyes (as in my veins are very visible in this area) and it’s important to protect to prevent sun spots. (Asian skin is prone to sun spots, according to my mom’s dermatologist.)  Shiseido sunscreen is some of the best out there, I highly recommend it! Since it’s getting warmer, this makeup setting spray from UD is a must have. It feels refreshing and does help prolong the freshness of your makeup. This cute 1 oz. travel size is perfect for being on the go. Lastly, I love taking samples with me when traveling because it’s the perfect time to use them up and is often more than enough to last the duration of the trip. This moisturizer is from one of my favorite skincare brands, Mario Badescu, and provides the perfect amount of moisture while I sleep.

{To awaken}
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Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready — MAC eyeshadow in Shroom, Lancome Definicils Waterproof mascara — Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner — Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil in Proud Peacock — Anastasia Perfect Brow pencil in taupe

For the typical travel day and for activities, I usually stick with minimal makeup and here are my top picks to combat any effects of a tiring trip. Well groomed brows can make a huge difference to anyone’s face and Anastasia Beverly Hills is the queen of brow products. This foolproof pencil is just the perfect hardness so it makes for a quick fill in. The double ended pencil has a spoolie on one end so you can quickly comb through your brows too. If you need a little bit of eye opening magic, I recommend a soft, champagne eyeshadow such as this one by MAC. You don’t even need a brush, just use your ring finger to gently pat onto the middle of your lid and inner corners. Waterproof mascara is a year round staple for me because it lasts longer and holds a curl better than regular formulas, just remember to pack a good makeup remover! Lastly, the best way to brighten up your look is some lip color! I love this berry shade – smells good and feels comfortable on the lips.

{To pamper}
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BeeKind Honey  & Organic Chamomile Lotion — C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve — Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Cleanser — Harvey Prince Hello perfume — Beauty Protector Protect & Oil — Air Repair Rescue Balm

If you’re flying to your destination, the air can really dehydrate your skin and leave it looking a bit dull. I like bringing an exfoliant either in a mask or cleanser form to rejuvenate the skin and some sort of salve/balm to moisturize particularly dry spots. Bring multi-purpose products that can double as a skin saver and lip balm. The baby size of the Protect & Oil smells delicious and is the best way to pack one less bottle of hair serum or heat protectant. This is an all in one! I also love this BeeKind lotion because the scent is really fresh and absorbs quickly. My hands feel dry after washing my hands with most types of soap, oddly, so this is a must – especially when I’m more of a germaphobe on the go. This Harvey Prince perfume is perfect for summer because it’s the perfect blend of sweet and fresh. I prefer the samples with a spray rather than the ones with just a little lid.


I had to include this adorable patterned makeup bag that I got a few months ago from a CottonOn sale. I accidentally clicked the kids section sale but I’m glad I did. It’s actually a very large pouch and I paid less than $1 for it! Since this isn’t vinyl coated or anything fancy, I just use it to hold items like moisturizers, nail clippers, mirrors, and lip balms. Makeup tends to get messy so it’s important to store that in a easily cleaned bag.

Thanks for reading! Look out for some more travel posts in the near future – I can’t wait to share some pictures from my trip.



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